Friday, February 24, 2006

Real Estate Business Listings -- Promotion

Currently offering a free Mortgage Calculator with your paid WiredPages Business Directory listing.

An example of the basic calculator can be found here -- on the WiredPages Real Estate page. The calculator will be customized to compliment the overall look of your site. This is a self contained program and requires no special server side software or hooks, other than space to host.

Certain restrictions apply and the free program [calculator] is non-transferable. This promotion ends March 15, 2006.

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Thursday, February 16, 2006

Are Forum Posts Helping Your Bottom Line?

In my bid to have some issues resolved in Washington, I recently wrote an article about how I was able to find new audiences for my web sites. This article is about one of the ways web site owners are also using messages boards to get new audiences and why I don't think this is such a good idea.

I can confirm that using forums and message boards are good ways to get traffic to your sites especially if you are able to use a signature with each post. The problem, you are talking to you. The reasons why you use a forum are to get help with a problem or to find out how you can better promote your wares or services. But you are talking to others with the same problems and once you have a solution the fact that 50 other posters just like you my have clicked on your site to review your problem doesn't mean you have a new audience/client for your services. You have 50 people that wanted to see what your problem was. Then you will notice that some site statistic has increased and you will return to the same 50 people who only wanted to review your problem and not necessarily buy your wares or services.

You should use forums which are designed to assist with problems and then move on to other forums for the "buying" audience. Try a blog/blog traffic exchange -- networking groups, chat rooms, or even other forums. I really feel a lot of small business owners are missing out on a good and inexpensive form of promotion if they are not using a blog.

I use SitePoint quite often and it is a very large forum. The forum topics relate to software and technology issues and I have found lots of assistance via this board. I also use BloggerForum. Both of these forums provide me feedback as well as an audience for my tools and support. They are good choices for me because I am in the software business.

I also have a forum but I do not actively seek an interactive audience. I did at first. I later figured out that the PHP/MySQL combination driving my forum is too resource intensive, so I am quite happy to only have my "lists" available to a curious audience -- as compared to active community support.

Sometimes your site statistics are inflated because of forum use, however your bottom line with regard to income is not changing. You are trying to sell to yourself. Fix your problem [get assistance] -- move on.

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Saturday, February 11, 2006

Enlarging Fonts Via Web Browser

Have you checked your web pages to see how the fonts look when you either enlarge or make smaller the browser font size? I have been tweaking the CSS elements of WiredPages -- [had a serious problem with Mac IE], so I have been testing the changes in every browser I can find. While at the library yesterday, noticed that when the browser font was set to the largest setting [Windows IE browser], the left sidebar shifted down because the menu element "Entertainment" was too wide for the area. This only occurs when there is also an ad in the adspace next to the menu. The Mac and other Windows browsers simple shift the adspace column to the right. In some cases this could also look incorrect but not as bad as the shift down with the Windows IE browser.



The "fix" for this problem, since the down shift only occurs with a Windows IE browser, is to set the font for the area in question, with a point size. Windows IE browsers are not affected by the browser font size change when the initial setting is defined with a point-size (pt) font specification in the page definition.

In the style section of your page definition [or your_page.css file -- sans the <style></style> tags] the setting would look similar to this:


<style>
problem_area {
font-size: 9pt;
}
.
.
.
</style>


I spent a couple of hours checking some of my favorite pages. If your pages do not appear as you may have hoped, you aren't alone. I still have a problem with an earlier version of Safari [enlarging the font while viewing WirdPages] that I am not sure how to correct. Let me know your "tricks" to fix your web page problems.

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Monday, February 06, 2006

Business Directory Signups -- Update

Current status of business directory signups -- through just a moment ago, I have received 7 requests and all but one, have been listed. The one rejected request -- the site was not "live". I have responded to everyone from whom I received a listing request.

Free signups are available for the first 50 signups or until February 15, 2006, whichever comes first. Restrictions apply. For more information see this link, or to submit your listing go here.

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Thursday, February 02, 2006

Business Directory -- Number of Free Slots Declining

The new WiredPages Business Directory is slowly populating. Of the initial 50 slots offered for free, only 41 remain. ... a portion of the Shops & Services sub-directory:

The promotion for the free business listing ends on February 15, 2006 or when the first 50 slots are filled -- whichever comes first. The submission page currently does not allow specification of your business logo, but will be adjusted for all paid subscriptions.

The only other limitation, the submitted site's language must be English.

Let me know if you feel other categories should be added, i.e., Legal, Entertainment, etc.


Reference Posts: WiredPages Business Directory

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Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Affiliate Programs... January '06

Major affiliate program -- 5427 impressions, 28 click-throughs, and no sales. Secondary program -- 2513 impressions, 1 click-through, and no sales. Other program -- 1165 impressions, 3 click-throughs, and no sales.

Earned $1.69 with Google AdSense for January '06.

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